How To Style a Bookcase: 10 Tips To Take It From Ordinary To Magnificent

Tired of looking at your boring bookcase?

Not sure if adding another picture frame will do the trick?  You just want it to look as pretty as the bookcases you’ve seen in the decorating magazines, but you don’t have a freaking clue on how to make it happen.

We all know that a bookcase is meant to keep your books all tidy, but that doesn’t mean that it has to look fugly. Especially not in your room!  Why?  Because you are fabulous!

With just a bit of imagination, we are going to transform your bookcase into a stunner with these 10 tips that will show you how to style a bookcase.  

So let’s run down the list….

How To Style a Bookcase: Bring The Background To The Forefront

Cover the background of your bookcase with something pretty.  It will really stand out with a decorative wall paper, stencil design, wall decal, scrap paper,  paint or even mirror tiles for a glam look.

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In A Rush?  flip through the 10 tips in the presentation below


How To Style a Bookcase: Strip It Down!

Expose your bookcase by removing the back panel for a continous look and feel throughout your space.

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How To Style a Bookcase: Switch It Up

Your books don’t always have to be positioned vertically.  Add some variety by placing some of them horizontally.   Why not kick it up a notch and place a nice little trinket up on top of your books?

Photo courtesy of Design Sponge

Photo courtesy of Design Sponge 


How To Style a Bookcase: Dress Up The Little Guys Too

The shelves themselves can also get some decorating love with a pretty ribbon.

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How To Style a Bookcase: Hide The Clutter

Add some stylish baskets or even a fabric panel for containing the mess.

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How To Style a Bookcase: Get It Right and Measure

Don’t waste your time or money on gas toward trips to the store to return your finds.  Measure the shelves of your bookcase and take your measurements with you on your shopping trip.  You’ll instantly know if the piece you are eyeing will fit in its new home.

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How To Style a Bookcase: Personalize It

Add accessory pieces that radiate your style and personality for a personal touch.

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How To Style a Bookcase: Like Color Themes?

Choose items in the same color family for a unified look.

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How To Style a Bookcase: Less Is More!

Keep function in mind when getting your style on.  You’ll want to be able to get to your favorite books so whatever you do, don’t jam pack your shelves.

Photo courtesy of HGTV

Photo courtesy of HGTV


How To Style a Bookcase: Light It Up

 Now that you’ve styled your bookcase until your heart is content, why not show off your masterpiece with some lighting?
Photo courtesy of Bryant Hill Media Photographers
Photo courtesy of Bryant Hill Media Photographers

Now over to you missy!

If you are loving these tips, but don’t think you can swing them on your own, check out my e-Decorating services here.  We’ll work together to transform your room.

Now that I’ve shared my secrets with you, how about you share with me some of your tips on how to style a bookcase?  Let me in on your secrets by leaving a comment below.  I can’t wait to hear how you make your bookcase standout and shine!